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MH17 crash victim 'found with oxygen mask on'

One of the 298 victims of the MH17 disaster - when a Malaysia Airlines plane was shot down over eastern Ukraine - was found wearing an oxygen mask, Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans said.

MH17 crash site in eastern Ukraine. Credit: Reuters

The flight was hit by "objects" that "pierced the plane at high velocity", according to an initial report into the disaster, leading to the theory that all on board instantly died after the missile hit.

In a speech to the UN four days after the crash, Mr Timmermans talked emotively about the horror passengers went through "when they knew the plane was going down".

A Dutch talkshow today accused Mr Timmermans of falsely describing events on board the doomed flight during his UN speech.

The Dutch Foreign Minister admitted that all of the people on the flight would not have seen the missile but revealed that one passenger was found with his oxygen mask on.

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Flight MH17 victim's donation page passes £10,000 mark

A charity appeal page set up by a victim of flight MH17, who was originally from Leicester, has passed the £10,000 mark after attracting new donations following his death.

More than 650 people have donated to the Kidasha charity on the JustGiving page set up by 20-year-old Richard Mayne.

Richard Mayne Credit: Facebook/Richard Mayne

Richard set up the appeal in January before travelling to Nepal for voluntary work in March.

Kidasha, which helps families living in poverty in Nepal with healthcare and other needs, said the proceeds from the page will be used to help repair a shelter Richard spent time at in Nepal.

"Richard was an incredibly enthusiastic and caring member of the group, who spent time organising art activities and games with children attending a drop-in centre for children living in one of the many slums in and around Pokhara, Nepal's second largest city."

– Kidasha's chief executive, Janice Miller

MH17 victim's nephew says 'their dignity has been lost'

The nephew of a British man who died on downed flight MH17 has said scenes of victims' bodies being thrown onto trains in Ukraine were "tough to swallow" as "their dignity has been lost".

Jordan Withers told Good Morning Britain he was still unsure whether the body of his uncle, Glenn Thomas, was on the train travelling to Kharkiv, whether his remains would be identified.

He said: "We still don't know if it's on that train ... We just want to know if Glenn's body is going to be coming back to us as soon as possible and then we can begin the grieving process.

"It's just been such a whirlwind, we've had no time to reflect or grieve or mourn, and I don't think you can actually do that until you get closure on what has happened."

Newcastle players wear T-shirts honouring MH17 dead

Newcastle United will warm up for a pre-season friendly in New Zealand today wearing T-shirts in memory of John Alder and Liam Sweeney, two fans who died on MH17 travelling to watch the match.

Wreaths were laid on the seats at the stadium in Dunedin where the two fans would have sat.


MH17: Victims' families shocked at treatment of bodies

The families of victims of the MH17 air disaster have expressed their anger and frustration with the apparent chaos at the scene of the crash that has stopped their loved ones coming home.

ITV News Correspondent Dan Rivers speaks to some of those who have suffered losses in the disaster.

Sunderland fans raise over £25k for MH17 tribute

Red and white Sunderland shirts are seen among the Newcastle strips at a memorial for the two fans. Credit: PA

Sunderland fans have now raised more than £25,000 for a tribute to two Newcastle supporters killed on the downed MH17 plane.

Traditionally bitter local rivalries have been put aside by the Wearside club in the aftermath of the tragedy.

A post on the Sunderland forum Ready To Go shows that the fans had originally hoped to raise around £100 for a floral tribute.

But a crowdfunding page shows that the £25,000 milestone has been reached after just two days.

John Alder, 63, and Liam Sweeney, 28, were both travelling to New Zealand to watch Newcastle's pre-season tour when their plane came down over Ukraine.

Family of Brit killed in Ukraine appeal for return of body

The nephew of one of the British victims of the Ukraine plane disaster said the family is anxiously waiting to hear when they will get his body back. Jordan Withers, whose uncle Glenn Thomas was killed in the crash last Thursday, said the uncertainty was making their pain greater.

He told ITV News Reported Ben Chapman the family want the body home, and want an investigation into what happened as soon as possible after that. He said:

"The blame game should not even come into it yet. Let's just get the bodies back and then we can have an investigation and justice can take its course, after that."

St James' Park tributes to fans killed in Ukraine

A memorial service has been taking place inside St James' Park as Newcastle United paid tribute to two fans killed last Thursday in the Ukraine plane disaster.

John Alder and Liam Sweeney were killed when the flight they were travelling in came down as they traveled to watch the team play in New Zealand.

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew said the forthcoming season will be dedicated to the fans.

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